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SHOTESHAM SCREEN starts a new season on Friday 1st February with Isle of Dogs (Animation/PG)( 105 mins). A city mayor exiles every dog to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island. 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, he finds help from a pack of newly-found mongrel friends. Click here for full review.

In addition to the normal evening showing at 7.30 – tickets £5 – there will be a matinee showing at 4.15pm – tickets £3 (Booking essential). The venue, as always, is Trinity Hall, tickets and further details from Raz on 01508 550122 or razwoollacott@gmail.com . Please note, this and all future films will be on the 1st Friday of each month.

Room with a Brew! Our new community cafe got off to a great start on 15th Jan with lots of villagers turning up to share the, coffee and chat.


The cafe will be open in Trinity Hall between 10.30 & 12pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 19th Feb, 19th Mar, 16th April, everyone welcome so why not pop in for a brew.

Friday 8th February at Trinity Hall from 7.30 to 9pm, will see Norfolk Wildlife Trust return to Shotesham. The Trust’s new Wildlife in Common project is an exciting 2-year Heritage Lottery Funded project, and Gemma Walker, NWT officer, will present an Illustrated talk entitled Wildlife in Common. 

The next village market is on February 9th, 2019, 10 -12 at Trinity Hall. Our chosen charity for 2019 is once again EACH – East Anglia Children’s Hospice. If you are clearing out cupboards or have any unwanted gifts that you would like to donate to this charity then please contact Gwen Jackson – 07788 932646 0r 01508 550337. We will be having a Bric’n’Brac stall in February and a raffle at the Easter market.

The Shotesham Quiz makes its long awaited return on Sat 23rd February with a slight change to the itinerary. The quiz, run as always by our very own top quality quizmasters, is the same but with tickets priced at only £3.50 per person. But this year it’s a BYOF (bring your own food) evening (and drinks of course), with an interval halfway through for eating (and training for the second half!). Venue is Trinity Hall, 7pm for a 7.30 start, this is always a busy event and spaces are limited, so book yours early to avoid disappointment! For tickets contact Ken on 0788001674 or resotan@aol.com.

Following its success first time around, Sound Bath returns to Trinity Hall on Sunday 10th March 2 – 4pm. Sounds and vibrations to create deep relaxation followed by tea and cake, please bring comfortable clothing and blanket, cushion and mat. Click here for photos

Sound baths have been used for years to promote good health physically and mentally, in general a sound bath will leave you feeling more grounded and relaxed. Tickets are £12 and places are limited, to book or for more information contact laurawoollacott@gmail.com or 550122

Date for the diary, the SVA AGM will be on Wednesday 10th April, details will appear here soon and in next month’s Contact.

Christmas Event reports….

Wreath Making 2018….click here for photos

The annual children’s Christmas party was on Friday 21st December, where 17 children and a smattering of mums and dads had a fine time and a visit from Santa. Click on photo for more.

Here comes Santa Claus 🎶

Christmas Eve saw a large turn out of almost 200 people for our carol concert at All Saints Church. Carols around the Christmas tree 🎄were excellently accompanied by our very own guest brass band, and everyone enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine in the Church as we listened to the kids hand 🔔 ringing and carols ably conducted by Ted, with the best rendition ever of 12 Days of Christmas! A big thanks to all who helped and especially to our visiting band, a lot to live up to next time! Click on the photo below for more photos and some videos. Should also mention that the collection made at the concert raised over £280 for Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue team (NORLSAR), much appreciated by the team and by Shotesham resident Henry Walker who is a volunteer member of that team. Click here for a message from Henry

12 Days of Christmas

New Years Eve Fun Run was indeed great fun with 20+ participants including a number of kids and several dogs, and yours truly who ran one of the three laps (honest that was what I had planned)!  With a little help (well quite a lot really) from the guru, we’ve now figured out the upgraded system so photos are here to be seen! Many thanks to Matt Sykes, who remains a good friend of the village, for the organisation and prizes. 

The outcome of the Shotesham Conservation Area consultation has been announced with the revised boundary being adopted. Main areas affected are to the south end of the village on Brooke Road and to the north end along The Common, in addition to a couple of smaller areas in between. If you / your property has been directly affected you should have been contacted directly by South Norfolk Council, in the meantime the revised boundary and other info can still be found at this link.

Walking Group. A lovely (if somewhat bracing!) walk was had on Wednesday with 7 adults and 5 dogs, ably led by Lindsay. We walked approximately 5 miles around Horsey Mere and along the dunes at Horsey. Some of the more dedicated amongst us even managed chips and mayonnaise at The Nelson’s Head on our way back to the cars. We did see some seal pups, but the high tide and strong winds yesterday had depleted the numbers somewhat. Click photo for a surprise (no seals were hurt in the making of this video!).


The next walk is Sunday 27th January, meeting at the Trinity at 10.15, details will follow nearer the time.

All Saints Bell Project……update. 

On Wednesday 16th Jan we said goodbye to the bells and their framework when, in line with the schedule, they left for the foundry in Loughborough for refurbishment. Click on photo to see more…

All done…for the moment!

The remaining schedule now reads: –
Tower work commences 25th Feb
Installation commences 25th March for 3-4 weeks.

Bob says ‘thanks to everyone who has been assisting the bell hanger in this project and thus significantly reducing our costs. The remaining work will be supervised at all times and insurance cover will be in place, if anyone else would like to help and can spare some time during these periods, please contact me at hill.cottage@btinternet.com.’ For more information, click  here

Community information….

Norfolk County Council consultation on the North Western Link Road click here, and a roundabout at the A140 Hempnall crossroads click here. Also, results of last year’s Children’s Services consultation here.

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here.

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local policeman is PC 1200 Stu Sansbury who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, Stu can be contacted on;

• Direct Dial to Poringland PS: 01603 276207

Local Police info – January Newsletter

News from Norfolk Police Commissioner – December Newsletter…and click here for a consultation regarding police funding

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